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Quinn offers no help to special needs children

After coming to terms with the fact that I have a two-year-old son with Down Syndrome, I felt that I was blessed to be his father. But no, I find instead that our Education and Skills Minister Ruairi Quinn feels that he is the one that is blessed not to have a handicapped child.

With a condescending tone he informs us how he "empathises with the anguish and the energy that parents with a child with special needs display", and he understands that any father or mother would go through a wall for their child.

But we will do it without his help. If this is the mindset that is leading the Department of Education and Skills, just how do we expect our children to achieve their full potential?

Ronan Niland
Swords, Co Dublin

Irish Independent